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DCon
25-03-2012, 12:24 PM
At 250K a(n alleged) pop, it may well be!

Of course, the alleged diners would not be just paying for the food or the company.

http://www.frontpagestoday.co.uk/frontpages/The_Sunday_Times_newspaper_front_page.jpg


Cameron says it is all untrue, but he would


Prime Minister David Cameron has criticised the party's former treasurer for boasting that a big enough donation could lead to high-level access.

He said Peter Cruddas' claims, filmed by undercover Sunday Times reporters, were "completely unacceptable". Mr Cruddas quit hours after publication.

The PM pledged a "party inquiry" into the claims that £250,000 would get donors a private dinner with him.


He told them: "Two hundred grand to 250 is premier league… what you would get is, when we talk about your donations the first thing we want to do is get you at the Cameron/Osborne dinners."

He said they would be able to ask Mr Cameron "practically any question you want".
Continue reading the main story

"If you're unhappy about something, we will listen to you and put it into the policy committee at number 10 - we feed all feedback to the policy committee."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17504798

morticia
25-03-2012, 08:10 PM
Fianna Fail were obviously underselling their services. For real, premier cru cronyism, obviously London is the only place....

sighhh..... I seem to remember similar scandals revolving around access to Bliar.

I suppose the standard definition of an honest politician is one who stays bribed....

morticia
25-03-2012, 08:16 PM
Cruddas' resignation on RTE news. Cameron promising enquiry and saying it's completely unacceptable.

....well, in the immortal words of Mandy Rice-Davies..."well, 'e would, wouldn't 'e?"

DCon
25-03-2012, 08:33 PM
Cruddas' resignation on RTE news. Cameron promising enquiry and saying it's completely unacceptable.

....well, in the immortal words of Mandy Rice-Davies..."well, 'e would, wouldn't 'e?"

Cameron has not denied the dinners or said that the practice is unacceptable in what I have seen.

Just, apparently, that having someone tell journalists is unacceptable

As usual with Politics, the only crime is being caught.

morticia
26-03-2012, 06:56 AM
Cameron has not denied the dinners or said that the practice is unacceptable in what I have seen.

Just, apparently, that having someone tell journalists is unacceptable

As usual with Politics, the only crime is being caught.

Indeed... or maybe he regrets not having charged more....;):D

Count Bobulescu
27-03-2012, 03:06 AM
It's just a sign of inflation and the cost of living. Bill Clinton was accused of renting out the Lincoln Bedroom for $100K in the 90's.

DCon
27-03-2012, 09:16 PM
surprise surprise


Those who dined with the Prime Minister without civil servants present were among Britain’s richest business people. At least one had called on ministers to scrap the 50p rate of income tax, the abolition of which was announced in the Budget.


DAVID CAMERON was forced to admit yesterday that 15 donors who between them gave the Conservative Party £25million enjoyed secret dinners and lunches with him at Chequers and in Downing Street.

On a chaotic day of refusals and climb-downs, Downing Street eventually bowed to pressure and disclosed details of the Prime Minister’s private contact with the multi-millionaires who fund his party.


http://www.frontpagestoday.co.uk/frontpages/The_Daily_Telegraph_newspaper_front_page.jpg

morticia
28-03-2012, 06:19 PM
whoops. Well, there goes our 15 minutes at the top of the "shock and awe" scandal top of the pops

Never thought it would last that long. And just because the cash goes to the party and not the individual, doesn't make it any the less corrupt, at least not in the sense that the donors have similar leverage, either way.

Time for an end to the funding of political parties by private donation, methinks.

DCon
01-04-2012, 08:21 AM
Tory cover-up. Who'd have thunk it?

http://www.frontpagestoday.co.uk/frontpages/The_Sunday_Times_newspaper_front_page.jpg

DCon
10-04-2012, 01:52 PM
Osborne is "Shocked" that the rich do not pay their fair share of tax. Shocked!

At least Noonan (or whoever is MoF in Ireland) spares us the faux outrage


GEORGE OSBORNE was left “shocked” after an analysis of the tax returns of multi-millionaires, which he ordered, found that they were exploiting loopholes to pay little or nothing at all.

A confidential study by HM Revenue and Customs found that the very rich were using aggressive avoidance schemes to reduce their income tax rate to an average of 10 per cent: less than half the amount paid by the average Briton.

The Chancellor studied the “anonymised” copies of the returns submitted by some of the country’s wealthiest citizens, which showed that some people were able to avoid paying income tax entirely.

The analysis convinced Mr Osborne that multi-millionaires must pay a minimum rate of tax equivalent to about a third of their earnings, which has been described as a “tycoon tax”.


The report found that Britain’s 20 biggest tax avoiders had used three main loopholes to legally reduce their income tax bills by a total of £145million in a year.

The loopholes included writing off business losses in one of their companies against their income tax bill, reducing it by as much as half.

Several also offset the cost of business mortgages or borrowing on buy-to-let properties against their income tax bill, while others took advantage of relief on donations to charity.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/georgeosborne/9194558/George-Osborne-Im-going-after-the-wealthy-tax-dodgers.html